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  • Elisa Brazell

COVID'S MARK ON SOCIETY

The headlines sure make Covid-19 sound scary, especially to those 55+. And rightfully so for some.



Since its effects are causing big problems, even death for some people, it is inciting fear in many. Fear of catching the virus from family or friends; fear of what effect the virus might have on their health if they do catch it. Fear of death. From what I gather when I rarely watch the news (still working on the best way to gather TRUTH) newscasters, government agencies and leaders and others would have us feel fear surrounding Covid.


Is there reason to fear Covid?


I say no.


"But people are dying from Covid! How can you tell me there is no reason to fear Covid?! Oh...you must be one of those people who don't wear a mask (gasp 😲)"


Hear me out. Without judgement please.


I have never felt fear about anything Covid-related. I am a decade shy of the age range where more are affected adversly but if I was in my 70s, I would still not be afraid of Covid.


I would do what I felt I needed to do to preserve my health and my life,


but not in the attitude of fear. Fear is not of God.


It is Satan's tactic to pull us into darkness. Depression. Anger. Victimhood. Judgement. These are the companions of fear. You can see these companions creeping out in society surrounding the pandemic, and also the political divide the USA is now experiencing. I don't know about you, but this is not an energy I want to be surrounded by.



There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 
                                                      -1 John 4:18

In the US, we have been dealing with the effects of COVID 19 for almost a year at the time of writing this. There are all kinds of views and opinions on dealing with this pandemic.


➡ Most of the views are heavily focused on protecting physical health.

➡ Few are focused on emotional, mental, social and spiritual health.


For those of us who believe in life after death, the other areas of health are equally important as physical health, some more so.


Many people, especially elderly and those who have health concerns have been socially distanced from those they love- family, friends, neighbors for many months.


At what point are we going to start noticing the effects the fear of getting physically sick is having on the other important parts of our health- our emotional, mental, and spiritual?


What are the possible future consequences to

• teaching kids to believe that all the other kids around them have germs?

• avoiding family parties for fear that someone will be a carrier?

• meeting new people awkwardly, where you're not sure if you should shake hands or not?


How long can we go on socially distancing and "fearing" that everyone we come in contact with has a virus?


Some people I have talked to have said things to the effect of, "To heck with social distancing! God will take me when its my time to go, whether that's from COVID or a car accident. I am going to enjoy my relationships with my family and friends"


This approach may speak to some, but not to others. It may seem reckless, disobedient, or selfish. It may make some people angry. "It's people like this who are fueling the pandemic" they might say.


If opinions that are opposite than that of your own make you angry at the person holding them, take a step back and ask yourself why? "Why can't others think differently than me? Why can't they hold their own beliefs based on their own situations, experiences, understandings and feelings?"


We can allow others to live their lives according to their own conscience. And we can choose to focus on faith over fear so that our decisions can be guided by inspiration, rather than as a response to fear. God knows us and our needs better than anyone else, even ourselves.



If we let God prevail in our lives, faith will replace fear.

• Faith that we will be inspired to know how to increase our immunity.


• Faith that we can strengthen our relationships with friends and families by thinking outside the box when those people may feel led to physically distance.

• Faith that we will learn something HUGE if we haven't already by the time this pandemic is behind us.

• Faith that God is in the details. That He is always there, especially through the hardest of times.


• Faith that if we are living righteously and in an inspired manner, our death will come at an appointed time. I believe if we are not meant to die from Covid,we won't.


These scriptures support this:


"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:" - Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV


"Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass," -Job 14:5 ESV



"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment," -Hebrews 9:27 ESV


Not to say we shouldn't be cautious. Just that there is no reason to fear it.



Unless we figure out how to start addressing not only our physical health during this pandemic, but all the other areas of health as well, our society is going to continue in a downward spiral. The political divide doesn't help either. But the same principles apply. We can choose to see these difficulties in a different light. Not one laced in fear, but with our FAITH GLASSES!


With those glasses on, let's put forth an effort to support ourselves and others socially, mentally emotionally as we preserve our physical health.


How?

Well from the scripture above... We love.


What would Jesus do? He would minister. We can minister too. We can reach out to people who may feel isolated in whatever way we are inspired. Covid has made it necessary to think outside the box in our interactions. If we are living in inpsiration, closely connected to our spirit and the Godhead, we will understand how we can minimize COVID's negative impact on ourselves, those around us and our communities. ❤



➡ Click link for more on Faith


➡ Click link to learn how I have felt inspired to strengthen my immunity throughout the pandemic.



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